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Helston Blues 2. Falmouth Town 0

There were no blues for Falmouth’s under fifteens despite falling just short in this Kernow Cup quarter final.

Despite having no Tommy Clifford, no Thomas Andrews and no Dawid Zanowski, as promised last week Town fought like terriers right from the off. Helston were the more physical team in terms of stature, but from the beginning Town played very much to their game plan and denied Helston any time on the ball.
The early pressing frustrated a Helston team packed with good individual players, but without time on the ball Falmouth’s pressing meant Helston could rarely play three passes in succession andΒ  indeed rather than pass they looked more often to play route one football with the long ball over top looking for Max Pattle to run on to.
Falmouth had set up for this tactic and played Jake Brown lying deeper off Sam George with keeper Sam Jones alert and on his toes also sweeping from the edge of his box.

Town unlike their opponents, when possible tried to play out from the back and on through their midfield, thereby looking to retain possession.

For Town the midfield triangle of Connor Gilbert, Max Everard and William Hart had a great first half working well as a unit and they nullified any Helston attacking threat. When Helston did try to come down the flanks they found two more Falmouth players really up for it ; Torin Trevethick-Beckerleg and Harris Economides at full-backs were both superb and in control, whilst at the centre Sam George and Jake Brown worked hard to play off each other and did not give Helston so much as a sniff at their goal.

As the half progressed Towns midfield playmakers, Everard and Hart, started to show good game controlling qualities and started getting their wide players Jordan Lawry and Ben Fewkes more and more into the attack and with Ben Hedges working hard at centre forward they continuously forced Helston back and it was Helston’s superb keeper, Sam Collins, who was the busier goalkeeper keeping his side in the game.
At the other end Falmouth’s keeper Sam Jones only real action was to safely gather up a tame long range free kick, with Helston’s only other real threats coming when they won corners.

A good first half where tactically Towns players had been superb, playing exactly to their game plan as asked, with the only downside being that for all their good work they had been unable to get the ball past Sam Collins.

With ten minutes of the second half gone Town lost centre forward Ben Hedges to a tweaked hamstring and with only a keeper on the bench, goalkeeper Sam Jones came out and took over at centre forward, with keeper Huw Roberts taking over in goal.

A more even half developed with both teams only creating half chances, until with ten minutes to go a footballing move down Falmouth’s right wing was finished with a superb ball across the Helston penalty area. It was the clearest chance of the game, and Sam Jones was in the right place. As he moved into position it would be Sam Jones v Sam Collins. As Jones went to strike the cross field ball it jumped on a divot and frustratingly carried away to safety and Helston were off the hook.

Helston’s main threat throughout the game was from aerial set pieces and Helston were dealt a massive slice of good fortune when from a corner to the back post the ball went into the Falmouth net for an unfortunate own goal off the back of Falmouth’s defender Jake Brown.

With time running out Town pushed more players into the attack which allowed opportunities for the impressive Jordan Greet and Harry Roberts to run at the spaces opening up and following good work from Roberts Helston scored a second with just four minutes left on the watch.

Far more important than moving into the next round of the cup, this performance from Town players showed that they are all learning how to play as a team and how to pay with passion and aggression, and this was a VERY good team performance.

Well done everybody.
Man of the match; Connor Gilbert.

Team… Sam Jones, Torin Trevethick-Beckerleg, Sam George, Harris Economides,Jake Brown, Connor Gilbert,
Max Everard, William Hart, Ben Fewkes, Jordan Lawry, Ben Hedges, Huw Roberts</p>

U15’s Fixture Change this Sunday, November 30th

KICK-OFF 12.00.

The under fifteen’s who were due to face TRURO CITY at home this Sunday, have had a late fixture change by the Kernow Premier League and will now be travelling to Kelloway Park to play Helston blues in the quarter final of the Kernow Premier League Cup.

Helston are the current Kernow Premier League Cup holders and last seasons league champions and must start as hot favorites having beaten Falmouth in the opening day league fixture.
Falmouth are still a few players short through injuries, but are confident that if they perform well they can provide a stern test for Helston, and will certainly not travel thinking about defeat.

Coaches Everard and Hart told the under fifteens website news page;

“It’s a change of fixture, and a tough one, but the principles of what we have all worked on in training remain the same.
We believe in this group of lads and we tell them regularly that every game, every training session is a chance to measure themselves against their own potential. Yes they will occasionally make mistakes , but mistakes are proof that they are trying, and at this stage in building the team we measure ourselves very much on the team and the individuals development, not points. That will come, but later.
As said, our players know our game plan and the style of play we are trying to help them develop. Get it right on Sunday and we could out play them, (Helston) and if we can’t out play them then we know we must out work them, but there is no reason why we cannot go out and get a good result.
You might not always get what you want or wish for in football, but you can often get what you work hard for. Win, lose or draw the lads will working hard representing FALMOUTH TOWN again this Sunday. That’s for sure.”

Dawid Zanowski back in Training

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Monday evening twelve under fifteen’s faces broke into broad smiles as Dawid Zanowski who has been unavailable for the under fifteen’s since the first game of the season after suffering a severe knee injury which had his knee strapped in a leg brace, last night surprised his team mates and coaches by making a return to training at Truro college.
Its early days yet but he took part in the whole session and over the next few weeks will be helped to slowly increase the intensity at which he can train and compete.
Dawid was a key player in the pre-season assembly of the new squad and his influence has been a big loss to the team as they look to establish themselves in the Kernow Premier league.
The under fifteen’s managers and coaches commented; getting Dawid back involved will be like making a brand new signing, and he is another player with a great attitude and a desire to listen and learn to play the game. His return is just the tonic the team needed and a great pre-xmas boost as we prepare for a busy few weeks where we will be playing all the top teams in our league.

The evenings coaching session turned out to be a very good session with the squad asked to think about and work upon set pieces whilst the strikers continued developing their hold up play by looking to use their strength in receiving the ball with back to goal, in order to shield the ball, before laying it back to the midfielders or out wide to the wingers, thereby helping to retain possession and build a platform for the attacks to develop from.


Classy Ashes Worthy of Win

Falmouth Town 1 Saltash United 6

Sometimes in football you have to put your hands together, applaud, and say well done to your opponents. Falmouth’s players showed great respect for the Ashes as they stood at the bottom of the Bickland Park stand and along with a good crowd they lead the applause for their opponents at the end of this season’s County Cup quarter final.

Despite the score Town actually competed really well in this game, but Saltash, with the majority of their large squad having played together for over seven years, were physically bigger, stronger and very confident of their own ability and their easy on the eye passing style of play showed the familiarity of a team who have played together for some considerable time.

Saltash started brightly and had the lions share of the early possession but Town gradually worked their way into the game and after ten minutes it looked like Town were starting to find the key to opening up the Saltash defence when a Sam Jones cross across the edge of the penalty area was fired just wide of the upright by Ben Hedges. Had that shot gone in it would have made for an interesting test of Saltash. Having survived a near miss however moved up field and took the lead with a well crafted move finished with a shot past Towns keeper.

Town fell further behind ten minutes later to an own goal when following a series of corners the ball was fired across the six yard box and in trying to clear Towns keeper unfortunately smashed the ball into his own net.

Between these goals Town kept their heads and continued to probe the Saltash defence and looked the equal of their opponents but the Ashes defenders for the most part remained a good solid unit and were able to successfully protect their goal.

2-0 at half-time would have suited Town and given them time to re-organise for a second half fight back, but right on half time Saltash on the break threw a high ball over the Falmouth box to the back post where their big centre forward rose above everyone to score a great headed goal and leave Town with a mountain to climb in the second half.

The second half saw Town fall further behind early on, but once more they stuck at their task and were unlucky not pull a goal back when from a free kick from out wide the Saltash keeper pulled off a good save pushing the ball onto the bar. Dropping directly downwards at the foot of the post it just needed a Falmouth foot to touch it in to score but the Ashes defence reacted quickest to kick the ball away to safety.

Town, already with key players unable to play due to being cup tied, on holiday or unavailable through injury, suffered further set-backs when centre back Sam George had to leave the pitch with a foot injury and Torin Trevethick-Beckerleg followed with what turned out to be concussion.

Saltash scored two more before Town finally got the success their efforts deserved when William Hart wriggled through the centre of the Saltash defence to score with a good shot from just inside the area.

Saltash were worthy winners of this tie, but its fairvto say that the 6-1 scoreline does not reflect the overall contribution that Town gave to this game and although falling short on the day, Town can draw positives in knowing that they were, for good periods of this game, asking the right footballing questions of a very good team.

As said at the start Falmouth Town’s players showed great respect for their opponents at the end by spontaneously and sportingly waiting for their opponents to leave the pitch and clapping them back into their dressing room. Yes they had lost, but they recognised they had lost to a good team.
A class act of sportsmanship in adversity from a good group of young players who themselves are improving each week, and which made both Falmouth’s managers proud of their players attitudes.